Crisis at US Border Is Out of Control - Mexico Deploys almost 15,000 Troops
Mexico Is Deploying 15,000 Troops To The Border Crisis, To Stop Illegal Immigrants From Reaching The US.
Mexico, under intense pressure from the Trump administration to reduce migration flows, is deploying nearly 15,000 troops to its northern border in an unprecedented effort to stop illegal immigrants from reaching US soil.
Mexico’s defense minister said Monday that the nation has deployed nearly 15,000 troops to its northern border to increase border enforcement, part of a deal to avert U.S. tariffs on Mexican goods.
"We have a total deployment, between the National Guard and army units, of 14,000, almost 15,000 men in the north of the country," Defense Minister Luis Cresencio Sandoval said at a Monday joint press conference with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
When asked if troops were detaining migrants to prevent them from entering the US, Sandoval said "yes."
"Given that (undocumented) migration is not a crime but rather an administrative violation, we simply detain them and turn them over to the authorities" at the country's National Migration Institute.
Mexico signed a deal with the Trump administration on June 7, giving the country 45 days to show meaningful results in their efforts to counter the flood of migrants entering the United States.